Archive for June, 2017



Are smashed phone screens a thing of the past?

broken phone screen

We’ve all been there, it happens as if it’s in slow motion; as your phone slips out of your hand you see it tumbling towards the floor.

Sometimes you can stick out a limb to soften the blow, but before it even hits the ground you know the screen is smashed. Sure enough, when you pick it up there’s either one enormous crack or shattered into millions of pieces.

At Cash In Your Gadgets, we see so many screens smashed and scratched we started to investigate why some survive a drop and others don’t.

What Causes the screen to smash?

When you drop your phone the impact caused actually generates energy, this is what you hear when it hits the ground. The energy produced is stored in the glass which results in the crack or smashed result.

How to prevent your phone Screen cracking

There are two main factors that will determine the state of your phone when you drop it; strength and the number of times it’s been dropped. Unfortunately, the strength of a phone screen depends on how many blows it can take before it shatters, so if you’re clumsy, the odds are stacked against you.

The Way Your Device Falls

How your phone lands will play a part in whether it will survive the drop. If your phone lands face down you’re likely to escape unscathed because the impact is spread across the whole surface of the device. It may have done some damage to the glass, but it’s not visible to the naked eye, until the next drop.

If your phone or tablet lands on a corner, the impact and energy are focused in a small area of glass. With the full force of the fall in one central point on the device, you’re likely to experience a smashed screen.

Is the solution Gorilla Glass

Gorilla Glass was released several years ago and is one of the toughest types of glass on the phone and tablet market. Supposedly unscratchable and unshatterable, it’s designed for mobiles and tablets, and used in most modern devices. It’s actually used on over 65 devices on sale today, but will it prevent you smashing your screen?

With a quick google, there are lots of videos on Gorilla Glass screen repairs, which proves they are unfortunately still breakable. As mobile phone companies battle over features and screen quality, it’s only a matter of time before a device comes out that proves to truly be crack/smash proof.

At Cash In Your Gadgets we still accept phones with a broken screen; find out how much yours is worth here.



What determines the price of your laptop or phone?

You may have wondered what determines the price of your old phone and why we still accept them even if they are broken. The simple answer to this is, we’re not always looking for working devices; it’s great when they are in a good condition as we can sell them on. We can also replace any components that have issues and restore them to a good working condition; but if your phone, tablet or computer is well and truly broken we strip them down.

So what determines how much they are worth? Well, it’s a combination of the list below.


Age plays a huge part in the pricing of a product; many of the gadgets we receive can be taken apart and components reused in other working devices. If you’re selling us your old phone there’s a chance we can restore it and sell it on in the future, alternatively, we can take out the working parts and repair others in a good condition.
Unfortunately the older the phone, laptop or tablet, the less we can sell them for and it’s less likely we’ll have any waiting for repair.


The model and make can have an effect on the money you can earn from your old devices. This can be for many reasons including the popularity of a device or the amount of scrap metal in a product. If your mobile, laptop or tablet has a lot of precious metals within the device we can offer you more when buying it as the recycling value is greater.

Broken Device

Unfortunately, your old laptop, phone or tablet will eventually give up the ghost. Depending on the device issue, we can sometimes repair it ready to sell on to a new home.
What constitutes as a working phone/laptop and damaged phone/laptop can make a lot of difference but it’s always better to get some cash for it than none at all. If the phone doesn’t function properly then chances are you’re only going to get scrap value for your device. If it’s working and damaged we can always work to replace parts so you’ll get a little more cash.

Our promise

We’re dedicated to giving you great service and ensuring we’re always fair to you which is why if we find your device in a better condition than you thought, we’ll give you what its worth. If you overestimate the condition of your gadget then we’ll send you a revised offer which you can choose to accept or have your product returned.

Want to find out what your device is worth? Get an online quote today.



Is the Nokia 3310 as good 17 years on?

Nokia 3310

We were all feeling a little nostalgic when the Nokia 3310 returned after 17 years. When you’re selling your old phone you don’t expect to be buying a similar model so many years later!

The Nokia 3310 was originally launched in the year 2000, just after we were expecting to all be obliterated by the millennium bug. Now we’ve all recovered from the impending doom that never arrived, we’ve seen huge advances in technology. After years of android and apple devices, we wondered how the recycled Nokia 3310 compared to the latest 2017 ‘upgrade’.


When you first look at the design of the new and improved Nokia 3310 you can’t help but think it’s been on a diet for the last few years. It’s a much thinner device no doubt due to the advances in technology; unfortunately, without the weight and bulk of its earlier counterpart, it feels like it’s lacking a little. It’s also got much more rounded corners than its predecessor but it actually feels more ergonomically designed.

The phone now comes in a range of colours but only with a removable back, so gone are the days of changing your phone case to fit your mood or style.

Although not enormously bigger the new phone actually has a screen almost double the size. It’s also now a colour screen which might take away some of the retro feel of the black monochrome colour scheme the original supported.


The Nokia 3310 2017 version is packed full of features the old school phone just didn’t have. It includes Bluetooth, micro USB and micro SD slots. It’s even got a camera (even if it’s not that good), something we couldn’t have imagined when the first Nokia appeared on the market.

The Battery

Alongside how indestructible the phone was the battery life was also incomparable to any of its modern day counterparts. This was due to the phone screen not being in colour and the lack of apps and internet connection. The new version still puts modern phones to shame with a standby battery life of 31 days.

The Verdict

The only reason you’d really get the Nokia 3310 is for snake. Unfortunately, it’s been updated to make it colourful and smooth. The new game has lost its retro appeal, making it feel like all the other apps on the market. It’s still a great phone for durability and battery life but it’s not quite got the same charm as the original version.

The price of the original phone reflected how much we loved it, in 2000 it was £129 and in 2017 its next generation is just £49.

If you’re ready to dispose of your old mobile phones why not recycle them and get cash for your old gadgets? Find out how much you can sell your old mobile for here.